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Cost options differ from one person to the next

When I meet with people for Medicare education, a large part of our conversation revolves around costs. Some people will continue to work and remain covered by group health care, and I also meet with people who have costly individual health plans.

For those on employer plans, part of the discussion involves what would be the "better way to go" - stay on the employer plan or switch to Medicare.

I'm noticing more companies putting more of the cost burden on employees for their insurance. It's important for me to know what a person pays for his or her current employer insurance and what portion of that is for his or her spouse.

I also need to know what type of deductibles and coinsurances are the employee's responsibility. This helps when we map out the cost for Medicare.

There are several parts to Medicare that cover hospitalization, outpatient care and medications. And there are government insurance and private insurance options, including Medicare supplement plans.

We go through a Medicare education piece, then compare the costs of Medicare with the cost of employee insurance.

Sometimes, it's cheaper for an employee to stay on the work plan, but for the spouse to go on Medicare.

When we are done, I feel the people walk away understanding Medicare and can start to plan for the costs of Medicare.

This helps them when meeting with an Everence advisor to discuss planning for retirement. I always say, "How can anyone make an informed decision without all the proper information on Medicare, its pieces and its costs?"

Maria Angelucci, CSA, CLTC, is a Financial Services Representative in the Everence office in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

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Maria Angelucci
Financial Services Representative

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